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Marbut Report: Legal aid groups receive $143K windfall

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04/16/2018

The court ordered that it be distributed to charitable organizations, including $2.2 million to help legal aid agencies provide representation for Florida residents who can’t afford to hire an attorney.

In addition, The Florida Bar Foundation received $500,000 earmarked for legal aid at its discretion, “so get get your money,” Liggio said to the legal aid executives.

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Bradford meeting educates on constitution revision

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03/26/2018

If you’re not up on what the Constitution Revision Commission is, but want to be, there’s a meeting in Bradford County Wednesday for you.

Attorney Bruce B. Blackwell, executive director of the Florida Bar Foundation, will make a presentation about the CRC at 11 a.m. to teach residents about Florida’s unique constitution revision process. Recent surveys show that only 1 in 10 Floridians are up to speed on the topic, according to the Florida Bar’s meeting announcement.

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Building Whole Communities: Join us across Florida

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02/28/2018

Florida has the fourth largest immigrant population in the country. Immigrants and refugees are an integral part of our communities and contribute significantly to Florida’s culture and economy. Join FPN and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for the Florida Funders' Tour this April.

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Sometimes, the best legal work is free. These attorneys are getting love for that

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01/25/2018

Since being named to the federal bench in 1998, Seitz’s efforts have been focused on expanding the pro bono activities of the Federal Bar Association; CARE Court, a court for prisoners re-entering society after long prison stretches; and Florida Pro Bono Matters, a Florida Bar Foundation site that makes finding available pro bono work easy for lawyers.

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Have a civil law question? Justice on the Block has answers

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12/22/2017

Justice on the Block is part of The Escambia Project, a community-based initiative supported by The Florida Bar Foundation, Legal Services of North Florida and Pathways for change and facilitated by Stanford Law School's Legal Design Lab. More information about The Escambia Project and its ...

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McLeroy and Salter: Rule changes intended to boost free legal aid

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12/10/2017

A Nov. 29 guest column by David E. Morrill of Sarasota (“Plan discourages retired attorneys from advising poor Floridians”) regarding a Florida Bar rule change designed to encourage more pro bono service by retired lawyers calls for some explanation — and a lot of reassurance.

Mr. Morrill deserves praise for his many years of service to legal aid as a pro bono lawyer, as does each member of The Florida Bar who helps provide more than 1.6 million hours of free legal assistance every year.

This is exactly the kind of service that The Florida Bar, the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice and the Florida Bar Foundation have worked tirelessly to promote, and together our hope is to make the delivery of pro bono service easier to access and to deliver.

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Escambia Project Expands Residents' Access To Legal Help

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11/06/2017

The Escambia Project is an ongoing initiative to provide Escambia residents with greater access to civil justice. It utilizes a unique community approach to developing new legal help services that are accessible and easy to use.

The Escambia Project launched in February of this year, supported by Pathways for Change, Legal Services of North Florida, and the Florida Bar Foundation.

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Quantam Foundation board gives $200000 to Legal Aid Society

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10/30/2017

Palm Beach resident Donna Mulholland, chairwoman of the Quantum Foundation, announces the board of trustees has awarded $200,000 to theLegal Aid Society for its medical legal partnership. The money provides Palm Beach County residents with lawyers in cases of insurance loss, benefit denials and other healthcare matters.

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Florida Bar Foundation Takes AI to the Justice Gap

Release Date: 
10/24/2017

The Pensacola-based pilot project found that applying predictive modeling to integrated intake systems could help nonprofit groups diagnose potential legal issues. 

The Escambia Project, a co-sponsored initiative of the Florida Bar Foundation, Legal Services of North Florida, and social services nonprofit Pathways for Change, found that integrated systems can be a huge asset in helping people identify their legal issues and get connected with assistance. The project established a channel between Pathways and LSNF’s intake systems, allowing Pathways to push any potential legal needs over to legal aid attorneys who can assist.

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